Three South African footballers to represent Manchester United

Benni McCarthy has been appointed as Erik ten Hag’s first-team coach at Manchester United and the former South African international was in the dugout for Sunday’s pre-season friendly against Rayo Vallecano.

The 44-year-old is the last coach to join the former Ajax manager’s backroom team ahead of the 2022/23 season, McCarthy will work closely with the new manager and his other summer appointments, Steve McClaren and Mitchell van der Gaag.

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The former South Africa international played against the Red Devils for Porto, Blackburn Rovers and West Ham United during his playing career.

McCarthy, who is South Africa’s all-time top scorer, scored four times against the Red Devils in eight appearances.

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Two of those goals came in the 2003/04 Champions League last-16 tie when Jose Mourinho’s Porto knocked out Sir Alex Ferguson’s Reds and went on to win the competition.

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McCarthy’s other two goals against us were a brace in a 5-3 League Cup quarter-final win for Blackburn in 2008.

Following Benni McCarthy’s appointment at the Theater of Dreams, we take a look at the two other South African footballers to represent Manchester United.

Gary Bailey

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Despite being born in England and representing the Three Lions twice, the former Manchester United goalkeeper grew up in South Africa and has spent a huge part of his life there.

Bailey began his career in Cape Town in the mid-1970s and later played university football in Johannesburg before coming to Old Trafford for a trial.

Bailey established himself as United’s number one for eight years before leaving in 1987 due to an injury, and he returned to South Africa.

After winning two FA Cups with the Red Devils, he briefly joined Kaiser Chiefs and he currently works as a pundit.

Quinton Fortune

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Fortune spent seven years with United having joined from La Liga giants Atletico Madrid and he went on to make over 100 appearances for the Reds.

Fortune, who was capable of playing at left-back, left-wing or even in central midfield, spent time in Tottenham’s youth academy before returning to England after being signed by Sir Alex.

He didn’t play enough games to earn a Premier League medal in 1999/00, 2000/01 or 2002/03, although his nine appearances in the latter proved to be a strong enough case for special dispensation.

After a year with Bolton Wanderers, Fortune returned to his homeland and joined Western Province United. Fortune retired after having spells with Sheffield United, Brescia, AFC Tubize and Doncaster Rovers.

Fortune often appears on MUTV as a pundit and he had a spell being the club’s under-23s assistant manager. He’s currently Reading’s first-team coach where former Red Paul Ince is in charge.

Passionate Football fan who completed an NCTJ-accredited Diploma in Multimedia Sports Journalism in 2016.

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